Sonnen, Martial Arts - UFC fighter
is the most dangerous submission hold in WWE? UFC
fighter Chael Sonnen weighs in!, by Joey Styles -
26th October 2012
for Randy Orton, the answer to this question
what is the most dangerous submission hold in WWE
is the Cross Armbreaker.
answer comes from a 15-year mixed martial arts (MMA)
veteran who is currently the No. 1 contender to Jon
Jones UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, the
charismatic and controversial Chael Sonnen. (@sonnench
a former NCAA Division I Wrestling All-American from
the University of Oregon, is familiar with Albertos
amateur wrestling and MMA accomplishments. The Mexican
Aristocrats record of mat mastery includes being
on the Mexican National Greco Roman Wrestling Team.
He would have also competed in the 2000 Olympic Games
if Mexico hadnt been forced to forego a wrestling
team due to lack of funding. Wrestling professionally
was in Albertos bloodline as the son of Dos
Caras and nephew of Mil Mascaras. Its safe to
say his career choice was indeed his destiny.
unfinished business in amateur wrestling still on
his mind because of not competing in the Olympic Games,
Alberto decided to juggle his professional wrestling
career with MMA by competing in Mexico, Spain, Honduras
and Japan, amassing a winning record of 9-5 before
lacing up his wrestling boots for good. Alberto has
been most successful as a WWE Superstar, winning the
most prestigious title in the industrys history,
the WWE Championship, twice.
surprisingly familiar with WWE submissions, probably
because of his friendship with WWE Champion CM Punk,
the man referred to by many UFC fans as, ironically,
The Peoples Champ weighed in.
is a submission whiz who trains with former UFC fighter,
Shonie Carter in Chicago. Punk even has a gym in his
basement now, Sonnen said. He likes the
Anaconda Vise. The Undertaker uses the gogoplata [known
to WWE fans as Hells Gate]. The Figure-Four
Leglock will crush a knee, but it is very intricate
and difficult to set up. The standing Abdominal Stretch
is applied on the ground in MMA and called a Twister.
Again, its very difficult to set up, but brutal
to be in. Albertos Cross Armbreaker is known
as an armbar in MMA and it is a staple of every fighters
Albertos submission hold appears simple, a competitor
would be naïve to underestimate any variation
of an armbar.
armbar is very basic, Sonnen said. Anything
that really works at high level competition is basic.
It is really hard to stop somebody who is using their
full body against your one joint. An armbar is one
fighter using his arms, legs and hips to apply pressure
on an elbow. An armbar can be applied quickly and
effectively from almost any position. I tapped out
to an armbar quickly twice yesterday in training.
There is a point of no return with an armbar where
there is only one centimeter more before the elbow
breaks. You can tap out or spend six months recovering
very first time I saw an armbar, it was demonstrated
by 1984 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medalist
Mark Schultz, Sonnen added. Mark and his brother
Dave are the only siblings to both win Olympic Gold
Medals and World Freestyle Wrestling Championships,
the latter of which when they defeated the Soviet
Unions grapplers who boycotted the 1984 Olympic
Games in Los Angeles during the Cold War.
make a point, Mark put a two-by-four between his legs
and instantly snapped it, Sonnen said. The
point that he was making was how effective the armbar
is. When you trap anything between your arms and legs
and elevate your hips, you will break it. Besides
being so basic and so effective, it can be applied
quickly from almost any position.
while The Viper can strike at any time and any place
with the RKO, the same can be said for the application
of Albertos Cross Armbreaker. What this means
is that no matter how long their sure-to-be-a-clinic
match at Hell in a Cell lasts, the end will come suddenly
for one of these two Superstars.
Mo thinks he may be leading way for more MMA fighters
to do pro wrestling, by Dave Meltzer - 3rd October
Strikeforce champion "King" Mo Lawal thinks
his debut on Thursday night on a pro wrestling television
show may pave the way for others to follow, as well
as lead to promotional opportunities for each side.
Mo Lawal may become the first person in the U.S. to
regularly appear on both MMA and pro wrestling programming
at the same time, but he doesn't think he'll be the
joked on Wednesday, one day before he makes his debut
as a character on TNA Impact Wrestling, Spike TV's
wrestling franchise, that ever since word got out
about his deal to be a major player with two companies
in altogether different worlds at the same time, he's
been getting calls from fighters asking how they can
get a similar deal to break into pro wrestling.
about every number (on his phone) from MMA has been,
'Man, you're lucky. How can I do it too?,"' said
Lawal, who will debut with Bellator in their light
heavyweight tournament starting in January. "They
ask, 'What should I do?' I've had some big names,
real big names, contact me. Don't be surprised if
you don't see some very big names joining me in the
future in TNA."
even talked about the possibility of a Bellator faction
in TNA. Because Spike TV is the home of TNA, and parent
company Viacom owns Bellator, which starts on Spike
in 2013, both companies have been ratcheting up the
cross-promotion, feeling there is a significant crossover
fan base. The reality was that the original fan base
when UFC exploded in 2005 on Spike TV, consisted mostly
of pro wrestling fans between the ages of 18-34 who
were watching Raw, which was on Spike at that point,
and served as the lead-in for the first season of
The Ultimate Fighter reality show. The entire Japanese
MMA economy was built at first on crossing over both
pro wrestlers and pro wrestling fans.
the past year plus, even before Viacom purchased Bellator,
it was a fairly regular deal to see the announcers
for each company plug the others' television show.
Of late, the cross-promotion has gotten stronger.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, announcer Sean Wheelock,
and fighters Joe Warren and Eddie Alvarez have all
appeared in the past on TNA television. TNA has also
used MMA fighters Frank Trigg, Ken Shamrock and Tito
Ortiz (during the period he was out of UFC) over the
years. On Friday night's Bellator season opener, they
openly pushed Lawal's first appearance on Impact,
to the point they aired an interview by Hulk Hogan
from the Impact show the night before.
talked about expanding the co-promotional ideas, such
as having TNA wrestlers work his corner or be at ringside
during his Bellator fights next year, and more Bellator
personalities appearing on Impact.
want to do an angle where we do a Bellator takeover,
like Brett Rogers, Ben Askren, the Pitbull Brothers,
and Michael Chandler come over and help me out when
I need help. I may need help from Aces and 8s (a new
masked villainous group on the wrestling show)."
idea of people doing both pro wrestling and MMA at
the same time was a regular part of both industries
in Japan almost from the inception. But there, lines
were blurred greatly. There were legitimate, real
matches at times on pro wrestling shows. And while
they were never advertised as such, there were, particularly
in the 90s, often things billed as real matches on
MMA shows that were just pro wrestling matches. There
were several organizations in that time period that
were almost a missing link between the two, which
regularly featured both competitive and entertainment
matches and some of the guys, notably Japanese MMA
stars like Kiyoshi Tamura and Kazushi Sakuraba, were
so good at making pro wrestling matches look real,
that it was at times hard to tell what was what. There
are a not a few, but a multitude of pro wrestling
matches listed on some big names' MMA records in current
the U.S., it's completely different. There is no confusion
over what is what. What there may be confusion about
is what is easier.
lot of people in MMA don't realize how hard this is,"
said Lawal, who has just started training at a camp
in Louisville under the auspices of Allan Sarven,
a former pro wrestler best known as Al Snow. In a
weird trivia note, Sarven was in Dan Severn's corner
during the early days of Severn's MMA career. "I
definitely feel MMA is easier than pro wrestling."
different, I'm used to knocking people out,"
said Lawal, a former Strikeforce light heavyweight
champion who has an 8-1 record with one no contest
in MMA. "Now I have to be a lot smarter how I'm
hasn't had a lot of time to work on his wrestling
training. He's been studying a lot of videotapes,
mostly of wrestlers from the 80s, looking at their
mechanics in the ring. He's been doing a lot of media
this week, but he's going to Holland in November to
work on his kickboxing skills, and back to the AKA
Gym in San Jose in December, to prepare for his January
fight. But he noted that even when he has fights upcoming,
he'd like to keep his face on the wrestling show,
noting that they tape in Orlando, Fla., and he can
train with the Blackzillians camp in Boca Raton, Fla.
on those days.
wrestling is nothing new to him, as he started watching
it at a young age. He talks about how much he loved
Mid South Wrestling, a promotion that was big in Louisiana,
Texas and Oklahoma, but actually folded when he was
only six years old. At his press call, he talked about
the details of a famous match between two of his favorites,
Ric Flair and Sting, on television at the first Clash
was only seven when that bout took place in early
noted he was more of a fan of the other brands than
the World Wrestling Federation in those days, so his
favorites were more Sting, The Great Muta, Flair,
Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and others. While he
noted he had recently met Hulk Hogan, the aging star
of the TNA promotion, it was meeting Sting that was
the bigger thrill.
me it was an honor just to shake Sting's hand,"
he said. "When I see him, I start sweating, I
when growing up, his goals in life were to first win
a gold medal as an amateur, a goal he didn't reach,
then win a world championship in MMA, which did happen,
and cap it off by winning a world championship as
a pro wrestler. His goal was always to wind up in
pro wrestling, and his King Mo MMA character was taken
from seeing the wrestler Jerry Lawler as a kid.
the joint offer came from Bellator, TNA and Spike,
he said he didn't even think about the money. He said
he also didn't think much about staying with Strikeforce.
Lawal was expected to face Gegard Mousasi, who he
had beaten before, for the vacant Strikeforce light
heavyweight title when his world started collapsing.
First, he tested positive for an anabolic steroid
in a win over Lorenz Larkin, which was then overturned.
Then he was fired by Zuffa when, after his hearing,
he went on twitter and called female commissioner
Pat Ludvall of the Nevada State Athletic Commission
a "racist b----."
he battled a staph infection that resulted in countless
operations, which got so bad it was life threatening
and he's only recently fully recovered from.
I got the contract, I was ready to sign it,"
he said. "I didn't even hear the numbers. It
was a deal to fight in Bellator and do pro wrestling,
I thought, `I'm going to do it.' I was thinking about
Sting, Hogan, I'm going to sign this. This is going
to go down. As far as the lines being blurred (between
wrestling and MMA by doing both), in Bellator, we
fight in the cage. In TNA, we wrestle in the ring.
If people can't realize the difference, that's their
it wasn't until this past Thursday when it really
was watching TNA with my boys and Hulk Hogan went
to the ring, and we're talking. Then I heard Hogan
say, 'King Mo.' I rewinded it. I heard Hulk Hogan
say we're going to bring in King Mo. I almost fainted.
That's when it hit me. I'm going to make an appearance.
I almost fainted. I'm still scared, armpits sweating,
can't sleep, it's something I've been dreaming of
my entire life. When I fight, I'm not nervous. I know
I'm going to knock somebody out. Here, I'm just going
to do what I'm going to do."
are no plans as far as when he's going to have his
first pro wrestling match, saying it won't be until
Snow says he's ready, and he knows that is a ways
away. His current role will be to build for a role
as a guest enforcer in a match on a TNA pay-per-view
show on Oct. 14 from Phoenix. A guest enforcer is
essentially a role for a tough guy positioned at ringside
to make sure nobody interferes in the match, and to
be the backup referee when the original referee gets
knocked out, which is almost guaranteed to happen
when an enforcer is there. The role was first created
in the 90s for Chuck Norris when he did a WWF appearance.
Top 10 best MMA fights of the rest of 2012...
are plenty of exciting fights to look forward to before
2013. Heres a look at our top 10 (barring injuries):
Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le (UFC on Fuel TV 6, Nov.
10 in Macau)
This one isnt as much about the fight as it
is about the significance of the event the
UFCs first in China. Neither of these guys is
currently in their prime, but they always give crowd-pleasing
performances. Le, a native of Vietnam, should have
a massive Asian following.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Patricky Freire (Bellator 76, Oct.
12 in Windsor, Ontario)
Alvarez might have dropped the Bellator title last
year to Michael Chandler, but hes still one
of the top 15 lightweights in the world. This also
could be his last Bellator fight with his contract
expiring dont be surprised if hes
in the UFC in 2013. Explosive knockout artist Freire
will be a game opponent.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson, UFC flyweight
title (UFC 152, Sept. 22 in Toronto)
Dont blink. These are two of the fastest guys
in MMA and both challenged for the bantamweight title
before the UFC created its flyweight division. This
bout will determine the companys first-ever
flyweight champion and these are legitimately the
top two guys in the world at 125.
Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson (TUF 16 finale, Dec. 15
in Las Vegas)
Theres very little chance this one leaves the
first round. Carwin and Nelson love to slug it out
and after coaching against one another on The
Ultimate Fighter they probably wont be
too friendly. Itll be nice to see Carwin, a
former heavyweight top contender, back in the cage.
Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir (Strikeforce: Mir vs.
Cormier, Oct. 27 in TBA)
This might be a Strikeforce fight, but it has UFC
implications. Mir, the former UFC heavyweight champion,
takes on Strikeforce champ Cormier in somewhat of
a crossover matchup. But Cormier will be in the UFC
right after this fight courtesy of Strikeforce's heavyweight
division being disbanded and a win here puts him on
path for a title shot in 2013.
BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald (UFC on Fox 5, Dec. 8 in
The trash talk has already been fun between the two,
but things will really heat up when they enter the
Octagon. Think of this as something of a passing of
the torch fight. Penn, in the twilight of his career,
will put up a strong challenge against the young lion,
but the multi-faceted MacDonald is nearing superstardom
in the welterweight division.
Benson Henderson (c) vs. Nate Diaz, UFC lightweight
title (UFC on Fox 5, Dec. 8 in Seattle)
This could easily be a Fight of the Year candidate
if it goes how its supposed to. Neither of these
guys gives an inch both Henderson and Diaz
are perpetually moving forward. A win here, against
a superior standup fighter in Diaz, would put Hendersons
name among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Frankie Edgar, UFC featherweight
title (UFC 153, Oct. 13 in Rio)
Well, this is a pleasant surprise. Aldo was supposed
to defend his title against Erik Koch, but Koch had
to pull out with an injury and his loss is the fans
gain. Edgar was the UFC lightweight champion for more
than a year and his last two losses were by the slimmest
of margins. Aldo, meanwhile, is a buzzsaw one
of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
This is, indeed, a superfight.
Georges St. Pierre (c) vs. Carlos Condit, UFC welterweight
unification (UFC 154, Nov. 17 in Montreal)
It seems like its been forever since St. Pierre
has fought. One of the best MMA fighters of all time
has not competed in more than a year and a half due
to injuries, including a torn ACL. He returns to face
red-hot Carlos Condit, who is coming off a win over
Nick Diaz in January. St. Pierre, a dominant champ,
has never faced anyone with the combination of speed,
athleticism and technique that Condit has.
Junior dos Santos (c) vs. Cain Velasquez, UFC heavyweight
title (UFC 155, Dec. 29 in Las Vegas)
time, well get the incredible battle of wills
that we were promised last year. Velasquez lost his
title to dos Santos last November in just over a minute
via stunning knockout. To make matters worse, it was
the UFCs first show on Fox and the company took
undeserved criticism for the quick, flash KO.
knew that dos Santos-Velasquez wouldnt be a
war? This one will make up for it, closing the year
on a huge high note the two best heavyweights
in the world trading in the center of the cage. Only
one will be standing at the end. (New York Post)
WWE champion Dave Bautista gets new opponent
WWE champion Dave Bautista has a new opponent heading
into Saturdays CESMMA event in Providence.
promotion announced tonight at Vince Lucero (20-22)
has stepped in on short notice after Rashid Evans
pulled out of the fight last week. The 40-year-old
Lucero is 0-9-1 in his last 10 fights, though he has
fought multiple UFC veterans including Tim Slyvia,
Roy Nelson, Eddie Sanchez, Lavar Johnson, Brad Imes,
43-year-old makes his MMA debut on Saturday at the
Dunkin Donuts Center follwing in the footsteps of
other former pro wrestlers like Brock Lesnar and Bobby
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